Healthy Whole-Wheat Pizza With Broccoli Rabe & Turkey Sausage Recipe
Premade whole-wheat pizza dough, available in the refrigerated section of many supermarkets, makes it easy to throw together a pizza that’s healthy and infinitely better than takeout. Experiment with other fresh seasonal vegetable and herb toppings.
Whole-Wheat Pizza With Broccoli Rabe and Turkey Sausage
olive oil, 2 tsp plus 2 Tbsp
cornmeal, for dusting
whole-wheat pizza dough, 1 lb
turkey sausages, 2
garlic, 1 cloved, pressed or minced
red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp
broccoli rabe, 1 bunch, trimmed and coarsely chopped
sea salt, 1/8 tsp
park-skim mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup shredded
makes one 12-inch pizza; 4 servings
1. Place a rack in lowest position in oven and preheat to 400°F. Grease a baking sheet or 12-inch pizza pan with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and dust with cornmeal.
2. On a lightly floured work surface, pat and stretch dough into a 12-inch round. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and set aside.
3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Turn sausage out of its casings into pan and cook, stirring constantly and using spoon to break up meat, until lightly browned on all sides, 3–5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and scrape out any browned bits from pan.
4. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broccoli rabe (carefully, as any water clinging to broccoli rabe may cause oil to splatter) and sprinkle with salt. Cook, stirring often, until bright green and evenly coated with oil, about 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water to pan and steam until tender, about 5 minutes longer. (Sprinkle up to 2 tablespoons more water if needed.)
5. Scatter cheese, broccoli rabe, and sausage evenly on top of dough. Bake until crust is golden brown on edges and cheese is bubbling, 15-18 minutes. Let cool slightly, then cut into squares or wedges and serve right away.
If you're going to indulge in pizza, make your own using whole-wheat flour and nutritious toppings.
- Rich in cancer-preventing compounds
- Excellent source of vitamin K for bone health
- Steaming or blanching can help decrease bitter flavor
- Good source of calcium for strong bones and blood pressure reduction
- Rich in protein
- Lower in fat and calories than most cheeses
480 calories, 23g protein, 50g carbs, 24g fat (4.5g saturated fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 11g fiber, 1000 mg sodium
Credit: Healthy in a Hurry by Karen Ansel, MS, RD (text) and Charity Ferreira (recipes). $34.95, Weldon Owen Publishing.
Photo credit: Maren Caruso